HC Deb 01 December 1938 vol 342 cc621-2W
Mr. Lyons

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he can indicate the British industries for which arrangements for representation at the world's fair in New York have already been made; and whether he will take steps to have personal discussions between his Department and the many industries of Leicester with a view to complete industrial representation at this exhibition?

Mr. R. S. Hudson

Representation of industry at the New York World's Fair will be in two separate sections, one of which is commercial and is open to all firms who desire to exhibit their products individually. The other section is official and consists of pavilions erected by Governments participating in the fair. It is obviously not practicable to exhibit every industry of the United Kingdom in the restricted space available in a Government pavilion, the general purpose of which is national prestige and the adequate representation of the United Kingdom industrially, commercially, socially and politically. The guiding principle which has been adopted in regard to industries to be represented in the British pavilion has been to select those industries most interested in trade between the United States and the United Kingdom.

As regards the industries of Leicester, the Leicester Chamber of Commerce was consulted by my Department last June and replied expressing its regret that the Chamber's efforts to stimulate interest among local firms in the fair had met with scarcely any success.